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National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £30-35 million a year

Laying the foundations for a cure - Our Chief Executive reflects on recent events

It feels that our dream of a cure is getting closer.

The establishment of the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission and the Government announcements of £40 million funding over the next five years through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), coupled with the £25 million that Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has committed to invest, are significant milestones on our journey to a cure.

When we launched Brain Tumour Research in 2009, we highlighted the woeful underfunding of brain tumour research. Our 2015 Invest in a Cure manifesto sought to shine a spotlight on the issue and we called on the UK Government to work with us to increase the national investment in brain tumour research to £30 - £35 million every year in line with breast cancer and leukaemia.

Research into brain tumours and improved outcomes for patients now have a high profile and this wouldn’t have happened without the brain tumour community speaking with one voice and the support you have given to our vital campaigning work.

I am delighted to represent you all on the Brain Cancer Mission Steering Group, which is taking forward the recommendations of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Task and Finish Working Group, in which we also played a leading role.

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